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  Night Out Italian West Village Moderate Great

I don’t know about you all, but lately I feel very overscheduled, like there are just not enough hours in the day or days in the week. I want time to see my family, to hang out with my friends, and with my main man Craig. Then I need time to network, or at least try to make an attempt at some professional socializing. I need to take an hour for the gym. (Like the whites, it’s gotta be done.) I want to take classes. I want to teach classes. I want to volunteer and try to make a difference. And there are days when I just want to lay on my couch and watch a movie and order in sushi, or spend a whole day cooking. But lately, I feel stretched thin, like I need like ten days in my week. Cry me a river, I know, but I imagine that every one of you reading this feels the same way, if not worse, because many of you have a lot more going on than I do. We’re all juggling so many commitments and intentions and promises that there’s really no way to prevent some of those from hitting the floor—KERPLAT! Indeed, sometimes, despite the most genuine of intentions to honor all commitments—family, friends, relationship, gym, work—some of those plans end up on the cutting room floor.

Case in point is the situation with my friend John DeLucie (who is now the chef at Waverly Inn). We’ve known each other forever, and early last year he and I were trying to get together to visit another mutual friend of ours, Amanda Freitag, who was then the chef Sette in Brooklyn. My friend Jamie, who used to be a pastry chef and had worked with Amanda at Verbena and worked with John back in the day at Park Avalon, was also going to come. We thought we’d have a little reunion of sorts. Needless to say, despite our best efforts, we never made that joint trip out to visit Amanda. Then, this past September, about ten months from the time we initially discussed our dinner in Brooklyn, Amanda took over the kitchen at Gusto in Greenwich Village, just a few blocks from John at Waverly Inn. (She replaced chef Jodi Williams, who’s about to open Morandi, Sir Keith’s Italian kitchen around the corner from Gusto.) When we heard Amanda had moved to a restaurant in the city, Jamie and I again promised to visit her there. It took f ... [more, click below]

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